Hartlepool by-election: Front line doctor – and arch-Remainer – to fight seat for Labour


A front line NHS doctor has been selected by Labour to fight the upcoming Hartlepool by-election after MP Mike Hill stood down amid ongoing sexual harassment allegations – but the new choice is already proving controversial.

Dr Paul Williams has previously represented the neigbouring constituency of Stockton South but lost his seat during the collapse of the red wall in the 2019 election.

He has spent the last year working amid the coronavirus crisis with party bosses hopeful his experience will allow him to draw attention to Boris Johnson’s handling of the pandemic.

The 48-year-old said it was an honour to be selected. “The Tories have let Hartlepool down,” he declared. “Over the past decade of being in power they’ve taken from Hartlepool, taken police off the streets and taken services from our local hospital.”

But his selection – announced on Thursday night following party leaks – has already come under fire.


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